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Benalmádena offers alternative accommodation for evicted family

The evicted mother at the door of her home this week.
The evicted mother at the door of her home this week. / SUR
  • Councillors were criticised for breaking their vow not to leave anyone homeless through eviction

Benalmádena town hall is to offer alternative accommodation to a family removed from their home earlier this week, after councillors were criticised for breaking their vow not to leave anyone homeless through eviction.

Local police and social workers had supervised the departure of a couple and their two young children from a flat which is part of the social housing stock belonging to the council itself.

Benalmádena council initially defended the move, saying that the family had no right to be there and had been given 18 months notice. It says that the flat was once lived in by the woman's grandparents but, once they died, she continued to use it despite not having any right to do so, adding that the law requires it to check people's entitlement to the municipality's stock of 230 houses every two years and that it hadn't been checked since 2008.

The couple, who said they had nowhere to go and little money to rent anywhere, are currently staying with friends. They will be offered a two bedroom flat for a social rent of 200 euros per month.